ntldr missing


M

Mark Gibbons

Hi,

After replacing a motherboard, I started an " inplace upgrade " of Windows
XP SP2.
After the file copy stage and first reboot, I get " ntldr missing" error.
I created a floppy and copied ntldr , ntdect.com & boot.ini. The PC boots
fine from this and I was able to finish the install.
Again rebooting I get ntldr missing.
I copied ntldr , ntdect.com & boot.ini to the C:
I booted from the CD into the recovery console and ran fixmbr & fixboot
..Still no luck.I did get a message when running fixmbr about non standard
MBR.
The drive is set to autodetect in the bios. It boots fine from the floppy.

Thanks in advance
 
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M

Mark Gibbons

Curt,

I have looked at that KB article. It refers to upgarding or installing over
Windows 95, 98 & ME. This is an inplace upgrade of XP over Xp
 
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M

MAP

Mark said:
Hi,

After replacing a motherboard, I started an " inplace upgrade " of
Windows XP SP2.
After the file copy stage and first reboot, I get " ntldr missing"
error. I created a floppy and copied ntldr , ntdect.com & boot.ini.
The PC boots fine from this and I was able to finish the install.
Again rebooting I get ntldr missing.
I copied ntldr , ntdect.com & boot.ini to the C:
I booted from the CD into the recovery console and ran fixmbr &
fixboot .Still no luck.I did get a message when running fixmbr about
non standard MBR.
The drive is set to autodetect in the bios. It boots fine from the
floppy.

Thanks in advance

This might help?



From a newsgroup post by late Mr.Alex Nichol, Microsoft MVP:

The MBR code hands the boot on to the Active partition; the boot code in

that loads NTLDR. There are two cases:

"NTLDR not found" at all may arise because the incorrect partition has been
set as active. This can happen if you have a dual boot and have messed with
the files in that partition that boot; this is not the XP one, or have
shifted the boot to the XP partition which does not have NTLDR in it.

"NTLDR damaged" means what it says, the file is there but not working.

Either way, if you have a proper retail type XP CD, not some maker's
recovery disk:

Set the BIOS to boot CD before Hard Disk. Boot the XP CD and, instead of
Setup, take the immediate R for Repair. Assume any password requested is
blank, and TAB over. Assuming this sees the CD as D (likely) give:

COPY D:\i386\ntldr C:\
COPY D:\i386\ntdetect C:\
(a file that may also be missing)
then rebuild the boot configuration boot.ini file by
Attrib -H -R -S C:\boot.ini
(if not found skip the next line)
DEL C:\boot.ini
BootCfg /Rebuild

Good luck
 
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